Weekly Tribes 2017-2018: Circles

This particular link (submitted by Terry, a former student in the Tribes Basic Online Course) is 4 minutes of affirmation and information on why and how meeting in a community circle can change everything.  Notice there are several other great links to learn more about Restorative Circles. It is never too late to implement a community […]

Weekly Tribes 2017-2018: Power of Positivity

It’s October, and a time for the stage of ‘Influence’.  How we influence one another, and are influenced by what and who surrounds us. This one minute video gives a perspective and reminder of what we do, or not, to create positivity in our lives. Reflect. Appreciate. Be kind.

Weekly Tribes 2018-2017: Name Poem for Tribes

You all know the Name Poem for personal names…what if you use Tribes as the topic and incorporate what is happening in your classroom or school because of it? [You may or may not know that the fires in Northern California are right where the home of Tribes is.  Jeanne Gibbs and surrounding family were […]

Weekly Tribes 2017-2018: From a Broken Past to a Bright Future

This comes from Amina, a teacher in Kuwait, and a student in the current Tribes BOC (Basic Online Course). Supporting the Tribes agreements, this is a four-minute video based on a Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold, metaphorically of starting again and becoming stronger, beautiful and unique. Students not only need to appreciate […]

Weekly Tribes 2017 – 2018: Agreements – start the year

This comes from Jamie, a Tribes teacher in Austin, Texas. Even if the school year has already started for you, there is always time for reviewing and defining the agreements.   As you know, they need to be more than pretty posters on the walls. When we introduce the idea of agreements, we have the […]

Weekly Tribes May 2017: ‘Wright’s Law’

‘Weekly Tribes’  is completing another school year (here in the USA) and will return again in August. This video “Wright’s Law”, is about the wonderful influence a teacher can have on students, in more ways than in the classroom.  In fact, this 12 minute documentary was produced by one of Mr. Wright’s former students. 

Weekly Tribes May 2017: Wonder?

Have you read Wonder by R. J. Palacio? Regardless, this 2 minute video will be influential in introducing or reflecting on the story and the social-emotional themes it inspires. Check out this link; go to 16:56 (last clip)

Weekly Tribes May 2017: The survey says…

This has been posted before, but this is the time of year for reflecting and celebrating… Here are some suggestions: Develop 4 open ended questions = The best thing about this class, something to improve on for next year, the best thing about (teacher), ‘But I’ll warn you…(about teacher) Have your students develop the 4-6 […]

Weekly Tribes May 2017: Weather Report

Just like the ‘Where Do I Stand’ strategy in your Tribes book, this is an exercise in metaphor. What’s is the weather like… after the weekend in your group/tribe in terms of (one of ) the agreements at this point in the school year, compared to the beginning of the school year in terms of […]

Weekly Tribes April 2017: Terrific and Thankful

Maybe, like where I live, you are coming back after Spring break?  Here are two strategies to consider, from Tawnya on Fishers Island, NY.  Tanya is a student in the current BOC (Basic Online Course).  As you can see, she took appreciation to a new level – first, students appreciated themselves, then  a classmate re-affirmed […]